Dr. Helmuth Ludwig

Dr. Helmuth Ludwig

Chief Digital Officer and Executive Vice President – Digital Strategy, Siemens

Dr. Helmuth Ludwig is Executive Vice President and Chief Digital Officer for Siemens PLM Software, a business unit of the Siemens Digital Factory Division.

Dr. Ludwig has a long history of developing and leading highly successful organizations. He began his career at Siemens in 1990, working in Corporate Development to create regional strategies. He subsequently opened and built up the first Siemens organization in Kazakhstan, serving as general manager until 1996, when he joined Siemens’ Automation and Drives (A&D) group with responsibility for Process Automation Systems. From 1998 until 2001 he was head of Siemens’ Energy and Industry division in Buenos Aires, then from 2001 to 2007 served as division president for Software and Systems House and A&D’s Systems Engineering division. Dr. Ludwig served as president of Siemens PLM Software from 2007 until 2010, later taking on the role of CEO of the Siemens Industry Sector for North America. Returning to Siemens PLM Software in 2014, he assumed the dual positons of executive vice president of Digital Enterprise Realization and Chief Manufacturing Officer prior to assuming his current position.

Dr. Ludwig holds a Master of Science degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Karlsruhe, a Master of Business Administration from the University of Chicago and a Ph.D. in Political Science from Christian-Albrechts-University in Kiel. He teaches as adjunct professor for International Corporate Strategy at SMU’s Cox School of Business in Dallas.

Committed to community service, he has served as president of the Spanish-German Executive Committee of Rotary International, was the founding president of the first Rotary Club in Central Asia and a member of the Board of Trustees for the Kazakhstan Institute of Management, Economics and Strategic Research (KIMEP) among numerous other activities.

Today, he is chairman of the board of the Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing and board member of the German American Chamber of Commerce – South. He serves as non-executive board member of Circor International, Burlington, MA.

Married with two children, Dr. Ludwig lives in the Dallas, Texas area.